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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGER I (#TK4 )

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$45.08-$60.20 hourly / $7,814.00-$10,434.00 monthly / $93,766.40-$125,216.00 yearly
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGER II (#TK5 )

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$48.26-$64.52 hourly / $8,365.00-$11,183.00 monthly / $100,380.80-$134,201.60 yearly


Definition

Under direction, plan, organize, coordinate and direct one or more environmental health programs, including the inspection and enforcement of federal, State, and local environmental health and safety laws, ordinances, and regulations; maintain liaison with federal, State, regional and local agencies and other County departments to formulate and administer environmental policies and procedures; and perform other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class series is distinguished from the single position class of Principal Environmental Health Coordinator by specialization in environmental health regulatory programs and registration as an Environmental Health Specialist. The Principle Environmental Health Coordinator is responsible for county-wide water resource protection through programs relating to septic system management, beach and watershed monitoring, native fisheries, and aquifer recharge and supply through a system of collaborative planning, technical analysis and reporting.

Environmental Health Program Manager I is the first level for the program manager series. Incumbents in this class manage multiple environmental health programs under one of the following program sections: Land Use, Consumer Protection, Hazardous Materials, Housing, and other specialized programs. Incumbents train and supervise Environmental Health Specialists and other assigned personnel, and this class is distinguished from the Environmental Health Specialist III class by having responsibilities for supervision, planning, coordination, and evaluation of one or more environmental health programs.

Environmental Health Program Manager II is the senior level for the program manager series. Incumbents in this class manage multiple environmental health programs and with their experience, provide routine backup of any of the other division regulatory programs. This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Environmental Health Program Manager I by more specialized knowledge of both the technical and administrative requirements in all of the division’s environmental health regulatory programs. This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Environmental Health Director in that the latter class has overall responsibility for the entire Environmental Health Division.

Typical Tasks

Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the work of subordinate Environmental Health Specialists, Environmental Health Specialist Trainees, and other assigned staff in one or more environmental health programs; recommends, interprets, and implements program policies, procedures, and regulations; trains and evaluates the work of assigned staff in environmental health and safety regulations, investigation and enforcement; establishes assignment priorities and assures field work is accomplished property and timely; reviews field inspection reports and violation notices; assists staff to carry out an effective comprehensive environmental health program including public education, investigation and enforcement of State and County laws, regulations, and ordinances; prepares budget requests for assigned programs; directs investigations and studies of environmental health problems such as hazardous materials’ handling and disposal, contaminated water or improper sewage disposal, then recommends solutions; monitors and may directly investigate complaints and violations of environmental health and safety regulations, and may recommend cleanup or mitigation measures; reviews and approves subordinate recommendations to issue construction permits including the review of blueprints and specifications pertaining to well and water systems, sewage and solid waste disposal, above-ground and underground storage, and transportation of hazardous materials, swimming facilities and other structures; coordinates and consults with representatives of local, regional, State, and federal agencies regarding environmental health policies, issues, and actions in a wide range of environmental programs; analyzes and interprets laboratory reports, findings, and studies involving investigation of environmental health problems; maintains liaison with a variety of committees, commissions, and other groups concerning environmental health and safety issues; may be required to respond to emergency conditions involving hazardous materials, pollution, and other environmental concerns such as overflowing sewage or food poisoning; assists in the development and preparation of program goals, objectives, and budgets; prepares and presents written and oral reports; and may represent the Environmental Health Division in the absence of the Division Director.

Employment Standards

Knowledge

Environmental Health Program Manager I

  • Thorough knowledge of:
    • The methods and techniques of scientific investigation, inspection, and resolution of unsanitary conditions;
    • The principles and practices of environmental health inspections, regulations, and enforcement;
    • The functions and relationships of federal, State, regional, and local regulatory agencies responsible for investigating violations of environmental health and safety laws;
    • Proven techniques and methodologies to conduct some scientific and regulatory investigations;
    • Environmental health and safety codes;
    • Principles of environmental health and sanitation;
    • State laws, local ordinances, and regulations governing environmental health and sanitation;
    • A particular area of specialization such as public water systems, hazardous materials management, housing inspection, solid waste management, plan check reviews, alternative sewage systems, land use, sensitive site and environmental condition reviews;
    • Proven techniques and methodologies to conduct scientific and regulatory investigations.
  • Working knowledge of a particular area of specialization such as public water systems, hazardous materials management, housing inspection, solid waste management, plan check reviews, alternative sewage systems, land use, sensitive site and environmental condition reviews;
  • Working knowledge of the principles and techniques of project leadership and training;
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental health inspection, regulation, and enforcement in one or more of the following areas: land use, water supply, consumer protection, waste management, or hazardous materials, and some knowledge of the remaining areas;
  • Working knowledge of the methods and technologies used to sample, transport, identify and analyze health-threatening organisms and substances, and associated personal protective equipment;
  • Working knowledge of the functions and relationships of federal, State, regional, and local regulatory agencies responsible for investigating violations of environmental health and safety laws;
  • Working knowledge of the microbiology of organisms of public health significance and of the principles of chemical reactions which compounds undergo in the environment such as oxidation, photo oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, and conjugation;
  • Some knowledge of the principles of supervision and training;
  • Some knowledge of the theories, principles, goals, and objectives of environmental health program planning, development, evaluation, and administration;
  • Some knowledge of emergency response planning.

Environmental Health Program Manager II

All of the above knowledge, plus:

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental health inspection, regulation, and enforcement in one or more of the following areas: land use, water supply, consumer protection, waste management, or hazardous materials, and some knowledge of the remaining areas;
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods and technologies used to sample, transport, identify, and analyze health-threatening organisms and substances, and associated personal protective equipment;
  • Thorough knowledge of the functions and relationships of federal, State, regional, and local regulatory agencies responsible for investigating violations of environmental health and safety laws;
  • Thorough knowledge of the microbiology of organisms of public health significance and of the principles of chemical reactions which compounds undergo in the environment, such as oxidation, photo oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, and conjugation;
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of supervision and training;
  • Working knowledge of the theories, principles, goals, and objectives of environmental health program planning, development, evaluation, and administration; and
  • Working knowledge of emergency response planning.

ABILITIES

Environmental Health Program Manager I

  • Analyze situations accurately and take effective action;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with others;
  • Prepare clear and concise reports;
  • Learn to detect unsanitary conditions and public health hazards, secure corrective action through education or voluntary compliance or legal enforcement;
  • Learn to provide instruction in the methods and procedures of sanitary inspection and correction of unsanitary conditions;
  • Learn to understand conditions and develop alternatives for soils and percolation problems;
  • Learn environmental health and safety codes;
  • Learn the principles of environmental health and sanitation;
  • Learn to apply federal and State laws, local ordinances and regulations governing environmental health and sanitation;
  • Obtain additional training pertaining to environmental health;
  • Learn to input, access, and analyze data using a computer;
  • Learn to make public presentations;
  • Plan, coordinate, supervise and evaluate the work of subordinate staff;
  • Detect unsanitary conditions and public health hazards, secure corrective action through education or voluntary compliance or legal enforcement;
  • Provide instructions in the methods and procedures of sanitary inspection and correction of unsanitary conditions;
  • Understand conditions and develop alternatives for soils and percolation problems;
  • Input, access, and analyze data using a computer;
  • Make public presentations;
  • Obtain additional training pertaining to environmental health;
  • Analyze situations accurately and take effective action;
  • Respond to emergency calls pertaining to environmental health during work and non-work hours;
  • Resolve unsanitary conditions and public health hazards;
  • Obtain additional specialized training pertaining to environmental health;
  • Deliver accurate and respectful risk communication to the public;
  • Apply specialized knowledge and expertise to complex assignments;
  • Plan, organize, and carry out research, analyze and evaluate data, prepare comprehensive reports, make recommendations based on findings;
  • Coordinate and standardize a specific program;
  • Develop and conduct training modules;
  • Provide consultative advice to various groups and agencies;
  • Guide and advise EHS I/II/III co-workers in difficult field inspections;
  • Interpret and apply provisions of federal, State, and local environmental health legislation, rules, and regulations;
  • Plan, coordinate, and supervise the investigation, evaluation, and enforcement of environmental health regulations and procedures;
  • Respond to environmental health emergencies, assess the risk to human health and the environment, and take appropriate corrective actions;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of persons contacted in the course of work.

Environmental Health Program Manager II

All of the above plus:

  • Evaluate and recommend environmental health program goals, objectives, policies, and budgets;
  • Provide management coverage for all environmental health regulatory programs;
  • Coordinate complex programs as a project leader;
  • Act as subject matter expert or resource;
  • Coordinate inter-agency projects;
  • Facilitate an organized process for problem resolution;
  • Communicate effectively to individuals and large groups, and convey complex and technical terminology and concepts in an understandable manner;
  • Exercise initiative, ingenuity, sound judgment, and accepted management principles in solving difficult administrative and technical problems;
  • Develop and conduct multi-program training sessions to staff and regulated community.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Environmental Health Program Manager I:

Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Equivalent to three years of experience as an Environmental Health Specialist; a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health or a related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of experience.

Environmental Health Program Manager II:

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and ability would be:

  • Two years of the experience equivalent to the Environmental Health Program Manager I at Santa Cruz County.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the California State Department of Health Services.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C California Driver’s License.
  • Be physically and mentally capable of performing the classification’s essential functions as summarized in the typical tasks section of this specification.

Note: Specialized training may be required by the Department within a certain time period for any of the Management units.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures; slippery surfaces; loud noises; sunburn; dust and pollen; bee stings; infections such as tick-borne Lyme disease or mosquito-borne encephalitis; angry or hostile persons; hazardous materials; wetness, such as while walking in the rain or through a stream on a site inspection; raw or partially treated sewage; inadequate ventilation; live electrical wires; aggressive dogs; fleas, cockroaches, and rodents.

Miscellaneous

Bargaining Unit: Mid-Management
EEOC Category: 02
Occupational Grouping: 74
Workers’ Comp Code: 0285
Analyst:KT/CE
Date Revised:6/88; 9/89; 7/92

CLASS: TK4; EST: 8/1/1979; REV: 11/1/2003;
CLASS: TK5; EST: 8/1/1979; REV: 11/1/2003;